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Change circuit breaker for dual purpose fitting

I have a power breaker fitted with a ducted outlet to exterior wiring. It is in white plastic, same size as twin socket, with push switches for on/off test/restart and neon light. I would like to ...
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How to repaint an antique exterior door?

I am about to repaint my 100 year old front door, from white to black. I have reviewed the existing Q&A on the site, but none seem to specifically cover my issues. The door has been previously ...
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Did my contractor give me good advice about my septic tank?

I recently had my 1500 gallon septic tank fill up/back up. When the contractor removed the lid, it was obvious that the tank was completely full and needed to be pumped. The contractor then said ...
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How to unstick my light switch?

I was messing around trying to change a light fixture and the circuit breaker for the house tripped open. I reset the circuit breaker, fixed it correctly and everything else is working. But the light ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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How do I install electrical through “new work” stucco?

See also How do I install electrical through stucco which deals with the old work situation. What are the best practice products and procedures for installing an exterior light, on a wall that will ...
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How can I remove large nails from cement?

I am redoing the flooring in my basement and removed a built-in toy chest. I disassembled the chest and the floor 2x4's are attached to the cement with large nails. If I had to guess on gauge I'd say ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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1answer
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How do I install a vent above a closet door?

I located some home theater gear in a closet directly behind our family room where the TV is located. Now the closet, a sizeable walk-in, is getting rather warm. How do I install a simple vent above ...
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Is there any acceptable way to cover a junction box?

The outlet for my range hood was misplaced. It needs to be 4 inches to the side. I can make the junction and move the wiring to the new location but I really don't want to have the empty plate exposed....
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Can I remove one side frame of the cabinets above the refrigerator?

The space for the refrigerator is more narrow than I'd like. Both sides have a wall/panel extending from the cabinets above. The space is 33"w x 72"h. The new fridge would likely by 36"w x 70"h (...
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1answer
111 views

How should I pretreat painted plasterboard before gluing fiber cement sheet over it

I'm going to glue (and nail) cement tile underlay sheet to a painted plasterboard wall. The paint seems to have decent adherence, should I do anything before gluing?
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Is it possible to use a hot water recirculation pump with a PEX home run system?

I am interested in getting a hot water recirculation pump installed so that I can get hot water faster to each of my faucets. From looking at the picture and researching I believe I have PEX in a "...
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How can I fix chewed through wires?

I have two standard two prong wall plugs my puppy has chewed through completely, and he managed to sink his teeth into a laptop cord as well. I'm thinking the wall plugs are history (a lamp and a ...
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1answer
559 views

Should we install beadboard paneling or countertop first?

We are planning to install bead board paneling to our kitchen back splash, and new Formica for the counter tops. Which product should be installed first, and why?
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156 views

Should I take my deck apart to fix a 1/2" lean?

I am building a 15'x23' deck in Knoxville. I built a sandwich girder at the end using 12" x 16" deep concrete piers, 4x4 posts sitting on galvanized metal brackets and pressure treated 2x10's ...
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3answers
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How much weight can an old work box hold?

I will be installing new light fixtures in two bathrooms that look like this: Each fixture will be replacing a light box. Meaning it is a simple chrome plated box about 30" wide with a plastic ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between fire cement and fire concrete?

I am trying to build a foundry. The Youtube video refers to 4:1 Perlite:Fire Cement. But the shop also offers Fire Concrete. I don't know what's the difference. Could someone please explain the ...
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1answer
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What do I need to install LED strip lighting?

I've been looking to install LED strips, either RGB or white for lighting and ambiance. It wouldn't be the main lighting of the room, so no necessity for high power LEDs. The perimeter of the room is ...
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How do I caulk where a caulk tube won't fit?

I've got some door moldings that are about 1 inch from the adjacent wall. A caulk gun won't begin to get in there, and pivoting the caulk tube up so it's nearly parallel to both walls still doesn't ...
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2answers
135 views

Where should a TV aerial be positioned?

I was thinking that if we do need a better aerial for receiving Freeview TV broadcasts, is there an ideal position where we can put it? I was thinking of putting it at the rear of the property like in ...
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2answers
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Why don't my 3-way switches work like 3-way switches? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I rewire a miswired 3-way switch? I just moved into a house and am trying to figure out all the switches. I have now determined there are two switches at ...
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How to drive a nail in a confined space?

I keep finding myself needing to hammer nails in places where my hammer is too long to actually make the hammer head contact the nail. This isn't a situation where I need the leverage provided by the ...
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2answers
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How to determine if a ceiling fan has a DC motor?

This question asks how to find ceiling fans that don't audibly hum: Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist? It is something that annoys me too. I can't stand the hum a lot of ...
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1answer
838 views

How can I stop wardrobe door from automatically closing?

Every time the right-hand door on my wardrobe gets opened, it slowly but surely accelerates shut again. As you can imagine, this is quite annoying as it blocks light and restricts view. Is there a ...
3
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2answers
284 views

Do I need a new or a repositioned TV aerial for freeview?

One of our tenants would like a TV in their room. The aerial in question hasn't been used for over 10 years, way before the switch over to digital. We don't even know if it still works. I was ...
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1answer
971 views

What could cause a tap to flow well, then spurt?

I fitted a new tap to a sink, single cold water tap. When I first turned it on the water ran fine. If I open the tap further, the water flow becomes jerky with constant gaps in the flow. Is this the ...
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How can I support a large aquarium built into a wall?

I have a wall that goes 3/4th of the way to the ceiling between my living room and dining room. I would like to put a fish tank in it, spanning the length of the wall. I have the engineering skills ...
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5answers
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Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?

I'm trying to tell what might be wired wrong with our dryer outlet. Using a Fluke 75 set to AC, I read 238V between the hot leads, 118V from one lead to ground, and 238V between the other lead to ...
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3answers
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What mortar should be used for flagstone?

I once read about a mortar that starts as a powder I could put in between my flagstones, and then just wet it down and it would harden in place. Do you know what this product is?
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5answers
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Why is the drywall in my garage sagging?

The drywall on my garage ceiling is sagging badly. Is this because it's too thin (I think it's 1/2" and I guess it's supposed to be 5/8") or is it because of humidity or something else? If I re-...
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2answers
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How can I protect bathroom wood from mold?

I have bought bamboo fittings in the bathroom (towel holders, dishes etc). I see that as a result of hanging damp towels on the towel holders, a black mold is accumulating on the bottom of the holder ...
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2answers
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Should I choose MDF or plywood for my false stair treads?

I'm looking to install false stair treads and risers on my basement stairs. Generally, we're talking about a kit like this: Which is installed with adhesive and finishing nails like this: The ...
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0answers
191 views

Is glow in the dark paint suitable for creative usage?

I came across the notion of a Light/UV -sensitive background, to perform temporary creative photographic effects. This seems to be a paper/cloth impregnated with a Light/UV sensitive coating, that ...
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1answer
498 views

What is the “wobble” adjustment on a jigsaw for?

Every jigsaw I've used had an adjustment knob with an illustration that looked like back-and-forth "wobble" in the blade. What is this adjustment used for? I've always just set it as what I figured ...
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2answers
4k views

How do I tell if a light switch is live?

I have a light switch that I want to get rid of. I don't know if it is active or not. I want to wallpaper the wall. How do I tell if the circuit is "live" and if so how to turn it off so it is safe ...
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1answer
153 views

Can a sun tunnel be installed with a 15 to 20 degree angle in it?

Can a sun tunnel be installed with a 15 to 20 degree angle in it? If so, how would it affect the amount of light it transfers into the room?
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1answer
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Is it a good idea to repair a squeaky floor from above?

I have a second floor that squeaks, a lot. Attempts at using scored screws haven't helped much, and the carpet is due for replacement, so there is little concern about pulling it up. A contractor ...
3
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3answers
16k views

Why do some free-standing ice makers need floor drains?

I am about to begin a bar installation project. I need an ice maker. There appear to be two kinds of free standing ice makers - those that do and do not require drains. Why does one type need a drain?...
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2answers
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Is it possible to use this reclaimed hardwood flooring?

I am planning on reusing some old hard wood flooring reclaimed from another parts of the house. I should note I have an old house that the original portion was built in 1760 with an add on done ...
2
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2answers
940 views

What could be causing wall cracks through the middle of our house

We have been fixing cracks in our interior, and exterior walls since we moved into our house 3 years ago, and it just keeps getting worse. Our house sits between a field that goes uphill at a 45 ...
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6answers
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How long does latex paint last?

I have several buckets of four-year old latex paint leftover from finishing our basement. Many are still in unopened original containers, in particular, our primary wall paint. I opened one to use ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I protect paint on a steel outer door from scratching?

I need to attach a plastic guard onto an outer steel door, to protect the paint from scratching by my dog (and visiting dogs...this is a rural setting). Is there a glue that is clear that I can use? ...
2
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1answer
11k views

How are homes typically wired for cable service distribution and what can I do so that each of my home's outlets works?

I've recently moved and the new home has cable outlets in several of the rooms. Cable service was recently installed and works for one line entering the home, but not for any of the home's existing ...
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2answers
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What diameter pipe do I need to adjust this basin waste pipe?

I fitted a new tap and waste outlet to a small basin, because the new outlet is shorter than the old, the plastic pipework no longer reaches (see photo) I can force the parts to mate but I don't like ...
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4answers
462 views

In this scenario is my electrician giving good advice?

So I asked Why does my ceiling lights require some other outlet in the room to be turned on and off again before it works? a while ago, and the consensus was that my electrics were arcing and that I ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I mount TV through 3 layers of drywall and into studs?

I have a 65lb 46" LCD television and a Sanus "flush" style wall mount. The mount instructions suggest that it shouldn't be mounted anywhere where there is more than the thickness of a single sheet of ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I replace a light switch with strange wiring?

Here's what we have in the box: (2) Black wires (1) Yellow wire (1) Capped cluster of white wires. Here's how it was wired: As stated above, the three white wires were capped. One black wire was ...
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1answer
520 views

What important factors should I consider when building a dog house?

I've never actually done this before, and I know that there's more to it than just slapping some pieces of wood together. I live in a place that gets pretty much all the extremes of weather, ...
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1answer
635 views

Why is this ceiling light fixture wired this way?

I'm trying to replace the hanging light below and I've gotten a little confused. Shouldn't the brown wire on the left be connected to the live (red) wires rather than the neutral? I understand that ...

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